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(VIDEO) Op/Ed - GOP Candidate Mitt Romney encourages 'Vote My Choice or Else' Intimidation tactic of business owners


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Remember recent stories about business owners highly encouraging employees to vote for Mitt Romney or their jobs could be eliminated? What would one think if the pressure to "vote for me or else" came from the Presidential Candidate himself?


VIDEO - Mitt Romney Small Business Town Hall with NFIB - June 7, 2012 - Credit of NFIB Small Business

"Employees of a paper company owned by the outspoken billionaire Koch brothers received a mailing warning that they could “suffer the consequences, including higher gasoline prices, runaway inflation, and other ills" if they voted for candidates not supported by Koch-owned companies or its political fund-raising arm. 
The company also provided workers with a list of those candidates it supports. At the top: Mitt Romney, according to media outlet In These Times, which broke the story. “The packet also included an anti-Obama editorial by Charles Koch and a pro-Romney editorial by David Koch,” it said.
“In the flyer sent to Oregon employees, all 14 Koch-backed state candidates were Republicans,” In These Times reported. 
Sadly the soft intimidation tactics by bosses who agree GOP Candidate Romney's policies are best for their business, despite what the company employees believe did not stop at the Koch Brothers. 
Last week, owner of Westgate Resorts David Siegel sent workers a pro-Romney email that said, "If any new taxes are levied on me, or my company ... I will be forced to cut back. This means fewer jobs, less benefits and certainly less opportunity for everyone."
The buck doesn't stop here either. In fact, it moves way up to the top of Candidate Romney's campaign with Former Gov. Romney chiming in on "its' me or else" comments on a June 2012 conference call with Small Business Owners according to "In These Times".

Romney was addressing a group of self-described "small-business owners." Twenty-six minutes into the call, after making a lengthy case that President Obama's first term has been bad for business, Romney said:  
"I hope you make it very clear to your employees what you believe is in the best interest of your enterprise and therefore their job and their future in the upcoming elections. 
And whether you agree with me or you agree with President Obama, or whatever your political view, I hope, I hope you pass those along to your employees," GOP Candidate Romney stated on a June 6th call with Small Business Owners.  
The call raises the question of whether the Romney campaign is complicit in the corporate attempts to influence employees' votes that have been recently making headlines."
Romney self-assured small business owners listening into the call, nothing of the sort is illegal regarding pressuring their employees to in some cases, vote against their economic best interests in order to "please the boss".
"Nothing illegal about you talking to your employees about what you believe is best for the business, because I think that will figure into their election decision, their voting decision and of course doing that with your family and your kids as well," Candidate Romney stated.
Maybe it's high time to make legislative action against pressuring, intimidating or demanding how employees on their own time vote, illegal, via a post Citizens United 2008 update to the Title VII Civil Rights Act of 1964 as soon as possible.

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